Cathay Pacific To Stress On Cargo For Expansion In India

Mumbai, April 24: | Updated: Apr 25 2002, 05:30am hrs
Cathay Pacific has identified cargo operations as one of the avenues for growth in India till fresh bilateral discussions between Hong Kong and India take place. The airline plans to introduce two new freighters a week through Delhi route.

In an exclusive interview with The Financial Express, Cathay Pacific regional manager (Middle East,India and Africa) Charles Bremridge said that Cathay Pacific has identified India as one of its key countries. The air cargo market here is growing very strongly and we see good potential for growth. We hope to increase our freighter frequency through Delhi by two flights a week over the next six to twelve months.

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Cargo operations contribute around one third of the total business of Cathay Pacific in India.

We would love to have more flights through India, but it all depends on the bilateral discussions between the two governments. We are evaluating the possibility of increasing more freighters as a part of our expansion plan since it does not require any extra bilateral approval, he said.

Cathay Pacific operates six freighters per week in India apart from its passenger aircraft. For the Delhi route, Cathay Pacific operates four freighters per week with a capacity of 110 tonne of cargo each. In addition, the airline also uplifts cargo on the passenger aircraft, which operate four times a week from Delhi to Hong Kong. On this route, the Cathay operate A330-300 series aircraft with a cargo capacity of 15 tonne.

For the Mumbai route, Cathay Pacific operates two freighters a week with B 747-200 aircraft with a capacity of 105 tonnes each. The airline also uplift cargo on passenger aircraft B777-300 series aircraft which have a cargo capacity of 20 tonne.

Said Mr Brembridge, We would continue to invest in introducing and upgrading products. We are in the process of upgrading our economic class introducing new products related to entertainment, communication and information.

As far as business class is concerned we will be introducing new seats with substantial space. We will continue to employ latest aircraft. We will be bringing in A340-600 by the end of this year.

Cathay Pacific offers passenger services four times a week from New Delhi to Hong Kong and four times a week from Mumbai to Dubai & Hong Kong via Bangkok.